penned this poem of not so random thoughts, in recognition
of the shameless hypocrisy and tragic betrayal of everyday
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people, by so many
supposed ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ who make claim to
being a part of the so-called political ‘left’ in the United
States, even as they support this nation’s systemic misleaders
who are emaciating the people economically, politically,
and constitutionally. These persons are neither ‘progressive’
or of any kind of principled ‘left.’ They merely serve to
give political cover to the ongoing atrocities being
committed around the world in our name by the current Obama
/ Biden regime. And in so doing, they perpetuate
these internal and external horrors and the fake left/right
paradigm, as well as the de facto two-party dictatorship
by the corporate Democrat and Republican parties. They are
betrayers of humanity. That’s what this poem is all about.
That Left Has Left
spoke of a dream,
Brown and Harriet Tubman gave their
Horse, Tecumseh, and Chief Seattle
Tried to warn us.
Jones, Rosa Parks, and Viola Liuzzo put their
on the line,
the poor, the exploited, and
and Martin were the
to bring our dreams to
many unknown and unnamed
humanity’s vast color
and died for us.
we not know?
we not see, even now?
have been divided and
the gluttonous rich,
ravaging us and our
Alas! Where is the Left
In our hour of need?
we yet blind?
the system of the rich
of the phony left/right
on their pedestals
in the name of progress,
misery of the
consort with the
evil of one or both
keep the realization of
Our dreams in hock.
but what of the Left?
they will tell us
No, my friend.
up to you and me.
Exactly as it should be.
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney,
is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister
of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political
prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored
his civil / political rights case to the United Nations
under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities
in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed
in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour,
formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and
by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.